At Least Three U.S. Troops Killed in ISIS-Claimed Attack in Syria

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bombing in Syria that killed at least three American troops on Wednesday, according to U.S. officials, underscoring the threat the extremist group still poses as the Trump administration prepares to withdraw troops from the country. Allied fighters with the Syrian Democratic Forces and a number of civilians were also…

Continue Reading →

Erdogan: Turkey to set up ‘security zone’ in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would set up a security zone in northern Syria as suggested by US President Donald Trump as both leaders sought to ease growing tensions. Addressing his deputies on Tuesday, Erdogan said he held a “quite positive” telephone conversation with Trump late on Monday where he reaffirmed “a 20-mile [32-km] security…

Continue Reading →

Israel fires missiles towards Damascus airport: Syria state media

Israeli warplanes have fired a number of missiles towards Damascus, triggering Syrian air defence that shot down most of them, according to state media reports. “The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport,” SANA news agency cited a military source as saying. The…

Continue Reading →

Bolton Says U.S. Withdrawal From Syria Is Conditional

JERUSALEM—The Trump administration won’t withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria unless Turkey offers a firm commitment not to target America’s Kurdish allies, White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday, underscoring the challenges in executing the president’s wishes to put an end to the military campaign. Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Mr. Bolton said…

Continue Reading →

Lindsey Graham: Trump ‘slowing’ US pullout from Syria

President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of United States troops from Syria, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has said. “I think we’re in a pause situation,” the South Carolina Republican said outside the White House on Sunday. On December 19, Trump announced the withdrawal of all the roughly 2,000 troops from war-torn Syria, with…

Continue Reading →

Trump calls withdrawing from Syria a “nothing event”

In a string of tweets Saturday night, President Trump criticized the media for “making such a big deal” about the resignation of Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. Brett McGurk, who I do not know, was appointed by President Obama in 2015. Was supposed to leave in February…

Continue Reading →

Trump administration reportedly plans to pull U.S. troops from Syria

The Trump administration has “started returning” U.S. troops from Syria after a determination that it has “defeated the territorial caliphate” of the Islamic State, or ISIS, according to a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. She added that the country stands “ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests whenever necessary.”…

Continue Reading →